Book Reviews: Unintentional Wolf Theme

Tell the Wolves I’m Home, Carol Brunt Rifka

An absolutely gorgeous female coming-of-age novel. Deftly addressing what happens when people are unable to be their true selves, and the results of such secrets when the keeper of them has died, there is profound pathos and compassion for each character. The fact that this is a YA book doesn’t matter, because it’s really very good. 3.5 Stars.

Wolf Hall, Hilary Mantel

Historical fiction centered on Thomas Cromwell. The reign of Henry the VIII has been covered extensively in writing, in film, on the stage. So, I approached this with some trepidation—can such well-travelled ground yield anything new? In Wolf Hall, the answer is YES. Captivating, grounded and very well written, the time period through the eyes of Cromwell is fresh even as so many of the players are already known. This, the first of a series, is the strongest (next week I’ll review the seond) of the two. 4 Stars.


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